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Kanye West Officially Goes Platinum, Slaughterhouse Debuts on the Charts

Following in Nicki Minaj’s footsteps, Kanye West has finally inched his way over the million mark.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today (February 16), Kanye sold an additional 16,400 copies of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy this sales cycle, making his overall stats stand at 1,015,000. In his 12th week on The Billboard Top 200, West sits at the No. 26 position.

Continuing to lead all rap artists on the charts is Ms. Minaj. While she saw her weekly sales go up this week, her overall ranking dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. Over the last week, the Young Money Princess sold 46,700 units, a slight increase from last go-round’s 45,300.  After 12 weeks, her total stands at 1,081,300 units sold.

Moving up three spots from No. 10 to No. 7 is Slim Shady’s Recovery. He moved 37,800 more units, adding up to a whopping 34 week tally of 3,573,300.

As for Lil Wayne and T.I. both took a slight tumble this week although remaining in the Top 40, coming in at No. 34 and No. 36 respectively.  The self-proclaimed greatest rapper alive’s I Am Not A Human Being moved 15,400 units just like last week, bringing his total to 748,300l. The King of the South’s No Mercy moved 14,800 units, making his total now equals 424,900.

As for the Slaughterhouse’s self-titled EP, XXL’s March 2011 cover boys didn’t manage to crack the Top 40 in their first week on the charts. They ended up debuting at No. 147 after moving about 5,000 units.

Keep an eye out for Saigon’s long awaited album The Greatest Story Never Told to show up on the charts next week. —Michael Naclerio

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